Like all religions and philosophies of life, Eco-humanity advocates principles to guide behaviour. Roger Heppleston proposed four principles of behaviour for Eco-humanity, covering relationships of humans with themselves, others, nature and the environment
- Look after yourself so that you can reach your full potential.
Eco–humanity should provide a support network and a belief system that enables individuals to take responsibility for their own physical and mental well-being. The aim is to enable everyone to make a positive contribution to society.
- Respect other humans, cooperate, and support them in advancing the lot of mankind as a whole.
Here the important concept is community. This is something that has been lost in our modern materialistic world with its individually centred aspirations. If Eco–humanity is to work, appropriate ecological behaviour has to be developed and honed through peer pressure in a community. We will need to learn from and help each other.
- Recognise the integrated world of nature, respect how it supports our lives and preserve its full diversity for the sake of our children.
Eco-humanists want to preserve the natural habitat and its biodiversity. They recognise that the fundamental cause of the pressure on nature is the number of humans on the planet. Voluntary control of family size is necessary to reduce human population to a more sustainable level in the centuries to come.
Eco-humanists seek to stop threats to the Earth’s ecology, such as encroachment on the world’s forests, animal poaching, over-fishing, desertification by over-grazing. They would also recognise other animals as sentient beings. They would not support cruel practices in factory farming or scientific research. Those Chinese medicines which are based on the use of endangered species would be anathema.
- Conserve the Earth’s resources for the benefit of our offspring
Eco-humanists support a form of sustainable development that ensures there will be sufficient resources left on the Earth for our successors to thrive. This means looking after the soil, the atmosphere, the rivers and the seas to ensure that they are not polluted and overused. It means estimating the deposits of minerals and making sure that sufficient reserves are conserved for future generations . On a personal level Eco-humanists would conserve energy and water and recycle wherever possible.
Eco-humanists would encourage their governments to think and act in an ecological way; minimising global warming would be uppermost on their agenda.